What constitutes 'assistance'? Does a sailing club need water?

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 05 Jan 2013

Along with a New Year, a new Sailing Season in Asia. Next week brings the 11th running of the Royal Langkawi International Regatta, one of the substantial collection of big boat regattas sprinkled around the region. The RLIR is the flagship event of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, and provides a good week's racing amongst some truly delightful scenery as well as a quality social programme of prizegiving parties and dinners. As a substantially seasoned regatta-goer on the Asian circuit, Sail-World Asia is quite sure that shorts and t-shirts sailing followed by cold beer and a good party is the way regattas are meant to be.

What defines ‘assistance'? Bernard Stamm has been DSQ'd from the Vendee Globe because a crewmember from the Russian research ship to which he tied up (while stopped to effect repairs) came aboard to take a line. There's more to the story, and Y&Y's Elaine Bunting asks some very pertinent questions. Take a look. Our sympathies are with Stamm, who is now appealing the Jury decision – after all, does someone taking a line (when Stamm wasn't actually racing anyway) make him go any faster – does it affect the racing per se? And what about all the information that skippers can get over the airwaves, coaching their repair efforts? Isn't that ‘assistance'?

Guy Nowell, Editor

Stamm's Vendée DSQ: fair or unfair?
Elaine Bunting, Yachting World,
What on earth do you make of the startling news today that Bernard Stamm has been disqualified from the Vendée Globe for receiving help when his anchor was dragging at his repair stop in Auckland Island? It's a decision that follows the letter of the rules of this race, but feels incredibly harsh.... [more]
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The yacht club with no water.
Des Ryan,
Australia's Lake Eyre Yacht Club has been famous for years among certain leisure sailors on account of the fact that it is almost 800 kilometres from the sea, and it hardly ever has water in it - if you are lucky, about one year in three. But stranger still is the yacht club just formed in Britain, about 110 miles from the sea and there's not a sailable stretch of water any closer.... [more]
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Governor's Cup win to Thinus Groenewald's Reaction
Sue Pelling in conjunction with ADPR,
In the 2012 Governor's Cup, Thinus Groenewald's Royal Cape One-Design – Reaction – has claimed victory in the 1,750-mile bi-annual race from Simon's Town, South Africa, to the Atlantic island of St Helena, which started on 22 December.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Thomson rounds Cape Horn, leaders avoid pitfalls
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, South of the front three boats, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) triumphantly rounded Cape Horn early this morning at 0238 GMT in a 25 knot wind, making 17.5 knots. This is the first solo passage for the 38 year old British skipper and the culmination of twelve years hard work for him and his team.... [more]
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Singapore Yacht Show 2013 - Extended
Singapore Yacht Show,
The Singapore Yacht Show will open one day earlier in 2013, allowing exhibitors to make the most of the continuing increase in interest in luxury yachting in Asia. Following requests from several important local exhibitors, the event will open on Thursday 18 April 18 and run until Sunday 21 April at ONE°15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 - Record fleet expected on the start line
Louay Habib,
The RORC Caribbean 600 is still defying the financial crisis with a record fleet expected on the start line when the fifth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 kicks off on February 18th 2013.... [more]
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WSSR Council announces ratification of new National Speed Records
John Reed, WSSR Council,
The World Speed Sailing Record Council (WSSR) announces the ratification of the following new National Sailing Speed Records achieved at Luderitz, Namibia during November/December 2012. – listed chronologically.... [more]
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Nacra Racing suspends delivery of Nacra 17 with carbon mast
Nacra Racing has reported to the International Sailing Federation with the following communication: Due to quality issues with the upper section of the carbon mast, decision has been taken to suspend delivery of the Nacra 17 with the carbon mast.... [more]
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Vendée Globe Day 53 - Jean-Pierre Dick rounds Cape Horn
Vendee Globe,
On day 53 of the Vendée Globe 2012-13 third placed Jean-Pierre Dick, worried about the presence of ice, passed Cape Horn for his fifth time at 0440hrs (UTC) this morning. Meantime the two Vendée Globe leaders François Gabart (Macif) and Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) make steady progress to the NE, some 50 miles south of the Falkland Islands in a light NW'ly wind.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Blow won't deter Cheminées Poujoulat skipper + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, after being informed that he has been disqualified for ‘receiving outside assistance' when his anchor dragged during a technical stop in New Zealand's remote Auckland Islands on December 23rd , Swiss solo skipper Bernard Stamm has pledged to try and have his case reopened by the five person International Jury.... [more]
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Vendee Globe International Jury disqualifies Cheminées Poujoulat
Vendee Globe,
The International Jury, which is independent from the Vendée Globe Race Directors, the Race Committee and the organizers of the Vendée Globe, have taken the decision to disqualify Bernard Stamm (SUI, Cheminées Poujoulat) for an infringement of article 3.2 of the Notice of Race.... [more]
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Is Sponsorship Killing Sailing?
Editor, Yachtsponsorship.com,
The Volvo Ocean Race recently released a 133 page report into the previous edition. Much of that report was dedicated to the return on investment received by sponsors of the race. One of the findings of the report was that sponsors of sailing can get better returns than other sports because the brand-name is mentioned more than the names of the athletes.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – the better mousetrap
John Curnow,
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - The grand classic ocean race is remembered for many things from records and personal achievements, to tribulations and unfortunately, disasters too. 2012 will be no different in that department. However, rising out of the turmoil with a plan and path forward is the Supermaxi, Wild Thing and her enigmatic Skipper, Grant Wharington.... [more]
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